hate·​ful | \ ˈhāt-fəl How to pronounce hateful (audio) \

Definition of hateful

1 : full of hate : malicious
2 : deserving of or arousing hate

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Other Words from hateful

hatefully \ ˈhāt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce hateful (audio) \ adverb
hatefulness noun

Examples of hateful in a Sentence

the girl's classmates were bullying her online, sending her hateful e-mails and text messages
Recent Examples on the Web In fact, the pandemic inspired new antisemitic ideas and tactics such as Zoombombing, proving that bigots remain emboldened to act on their hateful ideologies. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky sees record level of antisemitic incidents, Anti-Defamation League says," 27 Apr. 2021 The key to securing Republican support will be a tweak to language in the bill that currently requires hateful rhetoric or action to be linked to the pandemic to qualify under the bill. Allison Pecorin, ABC News, "Anti-Asian hate bill could muster bipartisan support on Senate floor," 22 Apr. 2021 That this kind of racist stuff still happens is vile testimony to the hateful attitudes still perpetuated generation after generation. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Aledo ninth-graders’ ‘slave auction’ of Black classmates should be a wake-up call to all white parents," 16 Apr. 2021 Experts who track extremism often report a spike in hateful rhetoric and incidents during particularly polarizing election years. Mallory Simon, CNN, "Distribution of White supremacist propaganda surged in 2020, ADL says," 17 Mar. 2021 There is no place for hateful rhetoric at PBS, and this individual’s views in no way reflect our values or opinions. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "PBS lawyer seen on video calling for children of Republicans to be put in reeducation camps," 12 Jan. 2021 Most everyone hates their boss at some time or another; that doesn’t mean every boss is hateful. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Hollywood loves making excuses for bullies. Here are some of the most damaging," 12 Apr. 2021 In the past year, Chloe Kim has turned off social media notifications and stopped responding to messages from her fans to avoid seeing hateful comments. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, "Olympic Gold Medalist Chloe Kim Opens Up About Her Experiences With Anti-Asian Hate," 2 Apr. 2021 In some situations, people shouldn't be hateful when someone disagrees with them. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "Voldemort Actor Doesn’t Understand Backlash Against J.K. Rowling’s Transphobic Comments," 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of hateful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hateful

Middle English, from hate hate entry 1 + -ful -ful entry 1

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The first known use of hateful was in the 14th century

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1 May 2021

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“Hateful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hateful. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hateful

: very bad or evil : causing or deserving hate
: full of hate : showing hate


hate·​ful | \ ˈhāt-fəl How to pronounce hateful (audio) \

Kids Definition of hateful

1 : full of hate “Then you get her out of here,” he said with hateful force.— Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder
2 : very bad or evil : causing or deserving hate a hateful crime

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